To begin, the first toothbrush was nearly the index finger of a human.
We are aware that age-old Egyptians were formulating tooth powder around 5000 BC and this was actually deemed as the very first toothpaste used.
This comprised of myrrh, ash from ox hooves, pumice and eggshell fragments.
And, because there’s no proof of a device utilized with this powder, it’s presumably safe to conclude that it was rubbed onto the teeth with the use of a person’s fingers.
People back then were also attempting to clean their teeth using various tools that were available during those times.
Indeed, one of the earliest tools ever used was actually made from a tree branch or twig that was worked and chewed in the mouth. In 3500 BC, the Babylonians chewed sticks and this was presumably the most ancient oral hygiene artifacts ever documented.
In line with this, the first toothbrush was made in the year 1498 by a Chinese emperor. According to the American Dental Association, this was crafted resourcefully using a bone handle and hog bristles, this may seem not a very excellent form of hygiene but this was considered much better than not cleaning the teeth at all and this showed more advancement.
Further, it was not till the 17th century that tooth cleaning was frequently done by means of intense rubbing using a piece of rag cloth. Meanwhile, in the year 1938, natural animal hair bristles were finally replaced by nylon (a synthetic material), this was done by Dupont. It was exactly on the 24th of February 1938 when the very first nylon-bristled toothbrush went on sale and was then labeled as the “Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush.”
Here are some other interesting facts about toothbrush:
- The so-called first mass-produced toothbrush was crafted around 1780 in Clerkenwald, England by William Addis.
- It was in 7th of November 1857 when H.N. Wadsworth patent a toothbrush with a patent number of 18,653 in US.
- It was around 1885 when the mass production of toothbrushes started in America.
- In the year 1960, one of the very first electric toothbrushes made a big wave in the American market. This was marketed under the name Broxodent by the Squibb firm.
At present, both electric and manual toothbrushes come in several sizes and shapes and these are commonly designed with nylon bristles and plastic molded handles. Moreover, the most recent models of toothbrush consist of handles which are angled, straight, contoured with soft rubber areas and grips in order to make them more convenient and easier to hold and use and some of them are made curved.
Aside from all these, toothbrush bristles are typically synthetic and vary from very soft to soft texture even though there are available bristles that are harder. On the other hand, toothbrush heads vary from very small for children to bigger sizes for older kids and adults and they also come in different shapes like oval, rectangular, almost round and oblong. Luckily, people can now freely choose what best suits their needs and toothbrushes nowadays are safe to use and more hygienic.